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  The Cosmic Mystery by Swami Krishnananda
If, on the other hand, Brahman is to be regarded as both Nirguna and Saguna, we would be speaking what we are not able to defend for one thing cannot be two things at one and the same time.
Even supposing that Brahman has become the world in a manner transcending our logic, we have to admit that Brahman alone is, for the reason that consciousness does not admit of divisions in it.
The world and Brahman, therefore, are one in the sense that the essence of both is consciousness, but it does not mean that the perception of the world by itself has any relation to the realisation of Brahman.
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 Vedanta -- End of the Vedas
According to this conception, the Nirguna Brahman is the noumenal ground of the, ultimately illusory, Saguna Brahman.
In the theistic Vedanta systems, Nirguna Brahman is the same as Saguna Brahman, and that Brahman, or God, is called Nirguna in the Scriptures only means that He is absolutely pure and perfect and so is not possessed of any imperfections.
In the theistic Vedanta systems, the Saguna Brahman is the same as the Nirguna Brahman, and both are the same as the God of devotional religion.
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 Brahman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Brahman, in Hinduism, means the Supreme Realty conceived of one and undifferentiated, static and dynamic, yet above all definitions; the ultimate principle which underlies the world, the ultimate realty.
Brahman is now more philosophical, reverting from an active principle as it was in past ages to a passive one, to be meditated upon but not adored and worshiped.
Brahman came to denote both the creator, or Absolute, divine substance and a man, the latter being a brahman (commonly spelled brahmin in English to lessen confusion), who is of the priestly caste, which is the first social order, or varna, in Hindu society.
www.themystica.com /mystica/articles/b/brahman.html   (489 words)

  
 advaita vedanta
The axiom that the One brahman is the cause of the many-fold universe is the foundation on which the entire system of advaita vedanta is based, and numerous efforts have been made over the centuries, to address logical problems arising out of it.
It should be remembered that the conception of brahman as both the material and instrumental cause of the universe implies a very special kind of causality, one that is not similar to any other, and that cannot therefore be captured completely by any analogy.
Brahman is also described as devoid of all attributes, along with passages that glorify brahman as isvara, the Lord of this universe, with infinite attributes.
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 Thelemapedia: The Encyclopedia of Thelema & Magick | Brahman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Brahman is also not restricted to the usual dimensional perspectives of being, and thus enlightenment, moksha, yoga, samadhi, nirvana, etc. in the Hindu perspective is not merely coming to know brahman, but to realize one's 'brahman-hood', to actually realize that one is and always was brahman.
Indeed, closely related to the Self concept of brahman is the idea that it is synonymous with jiva-atma, or individual souls, our atman (or soul) being readily identifiable with the greater soul of Brahman.
In the Hindu pantheon, Brahman should not be confused with the first of the Hindu trinity of Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver) and Shiva (the Destroyer).
www.thelemapedia.org /index.php/Brahman   (917 words)

  
 Brahman the highest God of Hinduism
Brahman is the indescribable, inexhaustible, omniscient, omnipresent, original, first, eternal and absolute principle who is without a beginning, without an end, who is hidden in all and who is the cause, source, material and effect of all creation known, unknown and yet to happen in the entire universe.
The Brahman of the Upanishads is not meant for the ordinary or the ignorant souls, who are accustomed to seek spiritual solace through ritualistic practices and rationalization of knowledge.
Brahman was too remote, indifferent, disinterested, too vast a principle to be reduced into meaningful and intellectually satisfying forms and shapes and worshipped as such.
www.hinduwebsite.com /brahman.asp   (1724 words)

  
 Works of Adi Shankaracharya, Advaita Vedanta and Hindu Sacred Scriptures
Brahman is not an object, as It is Adrisya, beyond the reach of the eyes.
Nirguna Brahman is not the contrast, antithesis or opposite of Saguna Brahman.
Nirguna Brahman is the higher Brahman, the Brahman from the transcendental viewpoint (Paramarthika); Saguna Brahman is the lower Brahman, the Brahman from the relative viewpoint (Vyavaharika).
www.shankaracharya.org /advaita_philosophy.php   (1112 words)

  
 Articles2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Thus Brahman is, ‘The inner essence of humanity… the outer essence of the universe’: stability in a sea of flux.
Finite souls come to be by a self-manifestation of Brahman; yet they remain substantially distinct; and their true destiny is to come to know Brahman, and thereby obtain release from ill, and entrance into a paradisal world of bliss and heightened knowledge of what is real.
According to Sankara saguna Brahman is evidence for the existence of nirguna Brahman.
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 Christian Response to Hinduism
Nirguna according to Sankara is being beyond the guna traya,(Triguna-Ateeta) the three attributes of Prakriti (nature')".viz., Satva (goodness), Rajas (passion) and Tamas (ignorance).
Advaitic Nirguna Brahman therefore is a myth incapable of creation as long as there is nothing outside of the Brahman.
Sometimes the diversity of Jivas are explained as conditioned Brahman or limitations of Brahman for period just as there are waters in the pools and lakes and rivers.
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 Brahma Sutras by Swami Sivananda
To the Karya Brahman or Hiranyagarbha or Saguna Brahman (the departed souls are led); (thus opines) the sage Baadari on account of the possibility of its being the goal (of their journey).
With the Highest Nirguna Brahman on the other hand, we cannot connect the ideas of one who goes, or object of going or act of going; because that Brahman is present everywhere and is the inner Self of all.
The reference to the journey to Brahman which belongs to the realm of relative or qualified knowledge in a chapter which deals with the Highest Knowledge is only by way of glorification of the latter.
www.swami-krishnananda.org /bs_4/bs_4-3-05.html   (1491 words)

  
 Thelemapedia: The Encyclopedia of Thelema & Magick | Saguna Brahman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
This in contrast with Nirguna Brahman, which is the Supreme Consciousness beyond the gunas.
Nirguna Brahman is beyond mind but Saguna Brahman can said to be floating within the infinite Nirguna Brahma like an iceberg in an endless ocean of water.
Saguna Brahman is sometimes equated with Ishvara, in turn often equated with a certain personal manifestation of God in human form (such as Shiva or Krishna.
www.thelemapedia.org /index.php/Saguna_Brahman   (168 words)

  
 Brahman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brahman (Devanagari: ब्रह्म, Tamil: ப்ரம்மம்) is the concept of the Godhead found in Hinduism.
Brahman is the unchanging, infinite, immanent, and transcendent reality which is the Divine Ground of all things in this universe.
Brahman manifests as Hiranyagarbha, the "world soul", which also can take many forms or manifestations of the thousands of gods.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Brahman   (2726 words)

  
 Spirituality, Hinduism, Universal Self (atman) and Ultimate Reality (Brahman)
Brahman is in all things and it is the true Self (atman) of all beings.
Brahman cannot be defined according to Hindus, because to define brahman would mean limiting it.
But there is no agreement on the questions of the relation between the one brahman and the diversity of creation and, in particular, of the relation between the universal brahman and the individual atman.
1stholistic.com /Prayer/Hindu/hol_Hindu-brahman.htm   (906 words)

  
 RELIGIONS : Hinduism
In the Advaita-Vedânta, "chit", or consciousness is identical with Brahman.
The direct experience of Brahman, implying a consciousness free from thoughts, projecting neither anxiety, care, illness, old age, death and suffering, is pure bliss, or "ânanda".
Hence, it is the disposition of the individual (the intent behind the act) as well as the nature of the act which determine its morality or immorality ("adharma").
www.sofiatopia.org /equiaeon/hindu.htm   (1747 words)

  
 Advaita Vedanta
(Brahman is not to be confused with Brahma, the Creator and one-third of the Trimurti along with Shiva the Destroyer and Vishnu the Preserver.) The three states of consciousness are subsumed into a fourth transcendental state known in the Upanishads as turiya.
Indeed, while Brahman is the efficient and material cause for the cosmos, Brahman itself is not limited by its self-projection and indeed transcends all binary opposites/dualities, especially such individuated aspects as form and being, since it is incomprehensible by the human mind.
He compared the infinite formless 'nirguna brahman' to a vast ocean that, with the cooling breeze of a devotee's love, froze into ice in some places, developing form.
www.thaiexotictreasures.com /advaita_vedanta.html   (2260 words)

  
 welcome to jain.4u.ru
Hindu religious thought is based upon the belief in the Ultimate Reality (Brahman of the Upanishads), faith in the reality of the spirit (atman), and faith in the spiritual order of the world.
Nirguna Brahman has no attributes and, as such, is not an object of prayer but of meditation and knowledge.
Saguna Brahman cannot be limited by one form and is therefore worshipped by Hindus in both male and female forms.
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 Untitled   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Brahman is eternal, pervades all, is the cause of the entire creation (of souls and matter), Lord of all creation, the only Independent Entity and the Support of the other two entities (souls and the world).
Brahman is the Supreme and only independent reality, all other realities, or 'reals', depend on Brahman for their existence.
Brahman is also the antithesis of everything opposed to purity and imperfection, such as age, hunger, anger, pain, hate, weakness and so on.
www.hinduweb.org /home/dharma_and_philosophy/vvh/raghavan.html   (3116 words)

  
 Sankara on the Necessity and Nature of Intelligent Creation
While Nirguna Brahman is the reality of Brahman in all its unknowableness, Saguna Brahman is the experience of Brahman which is manifested in the world, the way in which Brahman can be described to us.
Secondly, Brahman is known through its function of being the Self of "every one." Since everyone is self-conscious and does not think "I am not," we can safely say that there is a substrate of existence whereby the "I" is represented and which is discoverable through the process of enquiry.
This entails that Brahman is the source of all knowledge about itself, not in the sense that the God of Western Philosophical theism intentionally reveals "himself" propositionally as an egoistic being, but naturally and reflexively as a man breathing out air.
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 Advaita Vedanta - Integral Wiki
The supreme truth of the Advaita is said to be the non-dual reality of Brahman, in which atman (the individual soul) and brahman (the ultimate reality expressed in the trimurti) are identified absolutely.
Charges that his philosophies were influenced by Buddhism are criticized on the grounds that Shankara vehemently opposed shunyata ("negation of being") and believed that the unmanifest Brahman manifested itself as Ishwara, the loving, perfect being on high who is seen by many as being Vishnu or Shiva or whatever their hearts dictate.
Brahman is not the body nor the mind.
integralwiki.net /index.php?title=Advaita_Vedanta   (1235 words)

  
 Man can only worship saguna Brahman - Page 309
In any religion, nirguna Brahman is not possible to describe and to visualize, although we may intellectualize it.
Those that are attached to the world of Maya and operate with her influence, won’t see Brahman in virat-Purusha (virat-Purusha is all around us but we don’t comprehend it to be Brahman, we see and interact with it as time, space, names and forms).
The mind rests in Brahman during sleep and it is from Brahman this bliss is derived.
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 World Religions
Essential to Sankara’s distinction between saguna Brahman and nirguna Brahman is his belief that the world is an illusion.
Ward notes that Sankara must also posit both a higher and lower Brahman, that is, Brahman is contained in the Universe in two ways, first as the reality that lies beneath the appearances of things (higher Brahman), and also as that which is the appearances of things (lower Brahman).
The lower Brahman is Brahman as conceived in relation to the world, as the stuff out of which the world is made, specifically as that which is modified into the diversity of forms that make up the appearances of our world.
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 World Religions
Sankara posited a Brahman that lacks all attributes, the nirguna Brahman.
The higher Brahman is Brahman in itself, impassible and immutable.
Brahman is the material cause of the world.
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 Introduction to Hinduism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Nirguna Brahman, however, is hard to worship because of the human being's limited capacity to understand or grasp a metaphysical entity that is without attributes.
This physical manifestation of Nirguna Brahman in the material universe is known as Saguna Brahman (or Ishvar or Bhagwan).
Consequently, there is a trinity of the three major Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism: Brahma, the Creator, with His consort Sarasvati, the Goddess of Learning and Knowledge; Vishnu, the Preserver, with His consort Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity; and Shiva, the Destroyer, with His consort Shakti, the Goddess of Power and Strength.
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Nirguna Brahman became saguna Brahman, which is Brahman “with attributes,” and is called Ishvara.
The qualified nondualists (vishishtadvaita) affirm the reality of both Brahman and the universe in that the universe is extended from the Being of Brahman.
We have forgotten that we are extended from Brahman, and we have mistakenly attached ourselves to the desires of our separate selves, or egos, and thereby to the consequences of their resultant actions as determined by the law of karma (cause and effect).
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 sanskrit terms
Brahman is the essence from which all created beings are produced and into which they are absorbed.
Brahman is sometimes used to denote the syllable Om or the Vedas in general.
Literally the word means “in relation to brahman.” A brahmana is one who follows the ways of brahman.
www.sanskrit.org /www/Sanskrit/sanskritterms.htm   (1488 words)

  
 Advaita Vedanta - Gurupedia
Brahman manifested itself as Ishwara, the loving, perfect being on high who is seen by many as being
He did not mean to negate it, but considered that the ultimate truth was Brahman, the one divine ground that is beyond time, space and causation.
Brahman is immanent and transcendent, but not merely a pantheistic concept.
www.gurupedia.com /a/ad/advaita.htm   (1527 words)

  
 The Three Great Acharyas by Neria Harish Hebbar, MD
Brahman has multiple roles to play: the creator, the maintainer, and the destroyer all in one.
Shankara called the everyday Brahman seen by the devotee as Saguna Brahman though he believed that this form of Brahman was totally illusory and imaginary and seen only through maya.
Shankara’s nirguna Brahman is also nirvishesha or without any characteristics and nirakara or without any shape and form.
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 Nirguna Brahman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nirguna Brahman, (literally, the attributeless Brahman, Devanagari: निर्गुण ब्रह्म) refers to reality which pervades through the universe.
Ramanuja, Madhva, Caitanya, and all other Vaisnava acharyas differ strongly with Shankara's doctrine of Saguna Brahman (Brahman with material adjuncts, upadhi) and his two levels of reality (vyavaharic and paramarthic) since they, in their opinion, believe that his views lack support of Vedanta Sutra.
The jiva is no doubt identified with the gunas of prakrti (matter) and in this sense saguna, but the idea that the jiva is Brahman who has become subject to identification with material nature is another idea altogether.
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